Kerry Washington is bringing it. As the star of ABC’s greatly anticipated show Scandal(which debuts next month) Kerry will become the only Black actress to lead a drama based on a real-life black woman — high-profile crisis management adviser Judy Smith — in a prime-time TV series created by another powerful Black woman in Hollywood: producer Shonda Rhimes. In “Power Players,” a few of Black Hollywood’s leading ladies talk uncensored to ESSENCE about men, money, power and respect in Tinseltown.
“I think it’s a really special time to be a woman of color in this business. The landscape of who has the power is changing. We are in more influential positions and are able to have a say in the stories that are told. I feel very lucky to be in the business now…”